WILLARD – A grand reopening celebration will occur at Willard Bay State Park North Marina this Saturday, May 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. The North Marina was closed last spring due to an oil spill. It has taken the past year to get the North Marina cleaned up from that spill. Park Manager James Morgan said that any soil or plants that were contaminated by the fuel spill had to be replaced or cleaned.
During the cleanup, the nature trail was also redone. The trail was widened and a split rail fence added.
The ribbon cutting for the new nature trail is at 11 am. Live entertainment will start at noon. Morgan said there will be food vendors and several booths set up. There will also be a dutch oven demonstration. Admission for the grand reopening is free.
“We’re asking that people not launch their boats from the North Marina. We will be directing them to the South Marina to accommodate more parking for the event,” added Morgan.
In addition to the event, Morgan said their day use areas, beaches, fishing, and boating will still be available. Camping reservations are full, but there will be some first come, first served sites available.